Are CBD Products Safe Enough for Kids and Pets?

CBD has become incredibly popular, even in just the last five years or so. But not all popular things are worth the hype (we did have “pet rocks” once, after all). Worse yet, not everything that catches on is safe. After all, we also had the “Tide pod challenge.” 

So when it comes to products that people have claimed cure everything from epilepsy to schizophrenia, should you trust the popular opinion? Or should you be a little more wary? 

If you’ve been curious about CBD, but have been hesitant to try it due to safety concerns, we think it’s about time you get some straight answers. 

Rest Easy…

First and foremost, what you need to know is that CBD is widely distributed and fairly commonly used. While it’s not regulated officially by the FDA yet, they are aware of it, and are promoting research into the substance to better understand its benefits and risks. There’s not a lot of rush, though. Negative side effects aren’t all that common, and when they are reported, they’re of a milder variety.

What’s more, tests have been done using CBD, and not just on adults. For one, the reason CBD products exploded in popularity was the discovery of its effectiveness at treating rare forms of childhood epilepsy. So people both old and young are taking it, and no one has spontaneously combusted yet. But what about animals?

Clinical tests have us covered there, too. Most of the studies done using CBD have been animal trials, and again, it hasn’t created vampires or turned any animals into zombies. So whether you’re vaping it or putting it in a doggie treat, you can relax a little knowing that it’s not going to send you to the ER. 

...But Be Warned

We do have to offer a word or two of caution, though. While a lot of people have seen the positive impact CBD can have on their lives, there’s a lot we still don’t know about it. There haven’t been a lot of human trials with CBD, so there’s not a great deal of clinical evidence to back up the claims that some manufacturers put on the label. 

In other words, CBD is not necessarily a magic bullet, and you should be wary of brands that tout it as such. 

What’s more, because CBD manufacture is unregulated, brands that are less strict with their process can wind up putting concentrations of CBD in the bottle that don’t match the label. Some labels overestimate the concentration, and some underestimate it. 

Even worse, some products don’t meet the standard for low levels of THC (the chemical in marijuana that gets you high), and higher levels of THC can have consequences, both in terms of side effects and in terms of drug tests. 

The Bottom Line

CBD isn’t a cure-all. It won’t magically remove cancer, heal leprosy, or make your tone-deaf uncle a wonderful singer overnight. But there’s evidence to suggest it helps with things like anxiety, inflammation, and chronic pain, and it definitely has changed the lives of children with a few rare forms of epilepsy. 

Should you use it? If you’ve tried other treatments with little success, it’s possible that CBD products can help. But you don’t want to jump into this blindly. Do your research on brands to find a reputable one. Consult your primary care physician for advice and for help with monitoring CBD’s effects on your body. And take steps to find a dosage of the product you buy that works for you, since there’s almost always variance brand to brand.

Bottom line: Is CBD right for everyone? Not necessarily. But it may be right for you.